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2:25 PM ET, April 14, 2011


 Top News: 
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
About That Lawsuit...  The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini is so utterly without merit, and has been so thoroughly eviscerated in the media — including being ridiculed as the “dumbest lawsuit ever” — I am hesitant to take any time away from aggregating adorable kitten videos to respond.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Does HuffPo even need its unpaid bloggers anymore?
Discussion: B2B Memes, Poynter and MediaPost
Amelia Hill / Guardian:
Third senior News of the World journalist arrested  —  James Weatherup in custody as further searches of News of the World offices are expected  —  Profile: who is James Weatherup?  —  The police investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World has taken a dramatic turn …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Harman Family to Keep Its Stake in Newsweek  —  In the weeks before his death, Sidney Harman acted every bit the proud new business owner he was.  He took part in meetings.  When he could not be there in person, he dialed in by video conference.  He answered his own phone when colleagues called.
Samantha Henig / The New Yorker Blog:
Postscript: Sidney Harman
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Why the Times Pays Writers Even When It Doesn't Have To  —  This guy doesn't need your stinkin' 50 bucks, okay?  Image via Wikipedia  —  In the great debate over whether the Huffington Post should/must/will pay its bloggers, there's one refrain you keep hearing from the site's defenders …
Discussion: Poynter and The Atlantic Online
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
Web Advertising Eclipsed Newspapers in 2010  —  Web advertising in the U.S. resumed double-digit growth in 2010, outpacing traditional media and surpassing newspaper ad revenue for the first time, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.  —  In an annual report prepared …
Discussion: Noted and Street Fight
John Cook / Gawker:
The New York Observer's Trump Problem  —  Pouty fathead Donald Trump is a tailor-made character for the New York Observer, which purports to monitor Manhattan's smug oligarchy with a gimlet-eyed detachment.  And his semi-coherent presidential grumblings, which count as news just about everywhere else …
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Meet The Guy Who Has Totally Reinvented Bloomberg Businessweek's Design  —  Bloomberg's Businessweek relaunch has been impressive.  The stories are interesting, new editor Josh Tyrangiel has made some big editorial hires, and Bloomberg is even executing on the tech side with a great new iPad app.
Discussion: SAI
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Former Newsweek Editor Meacham Switches Teams  —  Writes cover story for Time magazine  —  Newsweek's loss is Time's gain, again.  Ex-Newsweek editor Jon Meacham wrote the cover story for Time's forthcoming issue, which hits newsstands this week.  For the piece, his first for the magazine …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Former ABC News boss David Westin to head up News Licensing Group  —  Former ABC News president David Westin has been named president and CEO of the News Licensing Group, a digital rights organization established by the board of the Associated Press.  —  News Licensing will launch this summer …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Six Lessons for News Publishers from Seth Godin  —  Seth Godin is the marketer's marketer, somewhere beyond guru.  —  He's now poking the edges of publishing.  After 13 bestsellers, manufactured and sold through the traditional industry, he's causing quite a stir in the book world …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Flipboard Gets Oprah  —  Big Partnership for Popular Social Magazine App Puts Oprah on Par With Facebook, Twitter  —  Oprah is getting equal billing to Facebook and Twitter in the latest update to Flipboard's iPad app.  —  The app, which allows users to create personalized magazines …
Discussion: paidContent and The Wrap
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Discovery launching network for rich men in Sept.  —  NEW YORK - Discovery Communications Inc. is launching a television network for rich guys and their toys.  —  Called Velocity, the new network will replace the current network HD Theater in some 40 million homes on Sept. 25, Discovery officials said Thursday.
Discussion: and Company Town
Mark Colvin / ABC News:
Journalism's new wave: the world in a tweet  —  One steamy night in February 1974, I went with friends to hear the great blues guitarist B B King in concert at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion.  —  All went well until, an hour or so in, King collapsed on stage and had to be carried off.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Love me, love my NPR: Public radio listeners can show off their loyalty  —  NPR executives have been known to brag that theirs is just about the only news organization to show up in people's personal ads.  For example: “I am in need of some intelligent male company...I am an avid reader …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Spotify mulls plan to limit free music  —  Spotify is considering a plan to further cut back the amount of free music it offers to users and is expected to impose new limits perhaps as soon as this week, sources with knowledge of the plans told CNET.  —  Spotify, the online music service …
Nellie Andreeva /
Hit YouTube Series ‘The Annoying Orange’ To Become Animated TV Show  —  Management/production company The Collective has teamed with Dane Boedigheimer, creator of the popular YouTube series The Annoying Orange, to produce The Annoying Orange animated TV comedy series.
Discussion: and BoomTown
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Realigns Ad Sales Along Specific Categories; Five New ‘Practice Heads’
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Local Is Focal: Street Fight Gives The Local Industry A Source For News And Analysis
Discussion: Street Fight and FishbowlNY
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Rolling Stone's Will Dana on long-form: ‘Quality will win out in the end’
Kevin / Strange Attractor:
Rethinking the jobs newspapers do
Discussion: Strange Attractor
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Should TV get on Tumblr? KABC gives it a try
Forbes Blogs /
Zynga Says No To Ads, Yes To In-Game Promotions
Woodward blames Web for newspaper ills
Discussion: Lisle Patch
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
Glenn Beck Set To Hire 50 People By Year's End
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire and Yahoo! News
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Financial newsletter files plagiarism suit against competitor
Discussion: EE Times, Thanks:jspepper
C.W. Anderson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
David Levy and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen on the future of journalism beyond America's borders
Anthony DeRosa:
Traditional media's refusal to enter the link economy
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Commented Out  —  Last week I had to shut down the comment thread …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
As GetGlue Hits 1 Million Users, Is Checking In Becoming Part of TV Ritual?
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
IPad and old media: a shotgun wedding
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc. Veteran John Squires Lands at Digital Bookstore